The new Penn State Innovation Hub in State College, opened in October 2021, supports the university's entrepreneurial and innovation work with 85,000 square feet of cutting-edge makerspaces, collaboration areas, and classrooms.
In a recent article, PSU News profiled two members of the design team, partner Jason E. Smith and principal Marilia Rodrigues, both alumni of the university.
“Penn State is steeped in a rich architectural history, which has traditionally been shaped by brick and stone. We want to honor that story and extend it with a contemporary approach that is both novel and memorable, inviting people to explore the legacy of the past while looking to the future,” Smith said.
“We wanted to bring the community into the space, and to have the activity and positive energy inside the building visible and accessible from the exterior,” said Rodrigues.
The building, designed to instill a feeling of opportunity, of collaborative making, engages with the streetscape with maker spaces that are visible to passers-by on the sidewalk.